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Héctor Velázquez Gutiérrez was born September 30 of 1965, in Mexico City. He studied in several workshops at the National School of Visual Arts, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Afterwards he studied sculpture in Germany, at Berlin University of the Arts and at The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.

Through his life he has received scholarships and awards in prize of his work. Amongst these, in Germany from the State of Baden-Wurtemberg; in Mexico from the National Fund for Culture and Arts, from the Culture Secretaty, such as Jóvenes Creadores (Young Creators) and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (National System of Creators) in 2009, 2012 and 2016. In the year 2001 he won the Omnilife Sculpture Award, Guadalajara, Jalisco. He was selected at the Monterrey Biennal FEMSA 1999 and 2014, the Yucatán Biennal 2004, and he was specially invited to participate at the IV International Biennal of Contemporary Textile Art in 2011, and at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City.

His work is a part of several public and private collections, amongst them, the Banco de México, the University Musuem of Contemporary Art at UNAM, the Querétaro Art Museum, the Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil Museum of Art and the Fundación José Cuervo.

In 2004 he was invited to intervene the room of pre-hispanic art at the Ethnological Museum of Berlin (2004).  He has done solo and group exhibitions in several occasions, in Mexico, France, Germany, Hong Kong, The United States of America and Spain.

Héctor Velazquez’s work looks to explore the relations with the human body and its surroundings such as its shapes, conceptions and sensations, as well as its relations with the senses and communication with others. It is a process of introspection, almost ritual. Velázquez weaves his intimate conception of the human body with new and old “skins”, in some cases taking up the pre-hispanic world view, as in the case of Xipe Totec. He is interested, amongst other things, in digging into emotional regenerations, usually related with emotionally linked beings. In his works, he researches the psychic and emotional relations between the geographic representations of physic land or topographic maps, with the body, the dermis and the clothes that cover it. Through the use of different materials, such as fabric, thread, worn clothes and stones, he creates pieces that invite the spectator to get involved corporally and emotionally.

His work was published, together with texts of historians and art critics such as Karen Cordero, in the book entitled Cuerpos desdoblados, published in Mexico by the Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery in 2007.

  • Individual exhibitions
  • Selected group exhibitions
2012
  • · Elbow to Elbow, artists couples in Mexico. Ibero-American University, Mexico City
2011
  • · XXXI Group of the 16 – Contemporary Art, Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City.
  • · Urban Conscience, Andrés Siegel Gallery/ Art, Mexico City.
  • · IV International Biennal of Contemporary Textile Art , Anahuacalli Museum, Mexico City.
  • · Piel / Skin, Isabel la Católica 97, Mexico City.
  • · Collection 1800. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
2010
  • · Affordable Art, Mexico City, Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
  • · XXX Group of the 16 – Contemporary Art, Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City.
  • · Diverse Afect/ Genders in Flow. University Museum Chopo, Mexico City.
  • · Zona MACO Contemporary Art, Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
2009
  • · XXIX Group of the 16 – Contemporary Art, Mexico City.
  • · 20 Years FONCA 1989/2009 – Creation in Motion, José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City (2009 – 2010).
  • · Small Art, Urban Corredor Roma Condesa, Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City (2009 – 2010).
  • · Form and Color. N2 Gallery, Barcelona.
  • · Arteaméricas. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Miami.
2008
  • · Balelatina. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Basilea.
  • · Surfaces. Tamaulipas Museum of Contemporary Art, Matamoros, Tamaulipas
  • · Héctor Velázquez, Unfolding bodies. Querétaro Art Museum, Querétaro.
2007
  • · ArteBA. Terreno Baldío Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • · Héctor Velázquez. N2 Gallery, Barcelona.
  • · Unfolding bodies. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City.
2006
  • · Der Blick, Lautlose Sprache. (The Llook), Arttransponder Space, Berlin.
  • · Capri LXII. Capri Gallery, Berlin.
  • · Xipe Tótec. Cultural Center of Spain, Mexico City.
2005
  • · Mexican Report. Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington D.C.
  • · Arco Art Fair 2005. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Madrid.
  • · Dizziness and deliriums. Cultural Center of Spain, Mexico City.
  • · Xipe Totec. Ex Convento de Tepoztlan. National Institute of Anthropology and History. Tepoztlan, Morelos.
2004
  • · Mexican Report. Instituto de México, San Antonio, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin.
  • · Yucatán Second Biennal. Mérida, Yucatán.
  • · Xipe Tótec. Ethnological Museum, Berlin.
2003
  • · MUCA Permanent Collection Exhibition. MUCA (University Museum of Science and Arts), UNAM, Mexico City.
  • · Sense and its Senses. Ibero-American University, Mexico City.
2002
  • · Bancomer VII Art Salon. Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City.
  • · In Silence. Landucci Gallery, Mexico City.
2001
  • · Mexican sculpture, installation academy. Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
  • · Omnilife Sculpture Award. October Salon, Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexican Sculpture, from the Academy to Installation. Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City.
2000
  • · Creation in Motion. National Center for the Arts, Mexico City.
  • · Rotation IV. MUCA Roma (University Museum of Science and Arts, UNAM) Mexico City.
  • · Suns of Mexico. Petit Paláis, París.
  • · Living room. San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato.
1999
  • · IV Biennal. Museum of Monterrey. Monterrey Nuevo León.
  • · Geographies. Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio.
  • · Point of View: Between Two Cities, Mexico and New York. Art in General, Nueva York.
  • · Earth, Disperse Identities. MUCA (University Museum of Science and Arts), UNAM, Mexico City.
1998
  • · Después del cuerpo. Galería 127, ciudad de México.
  • · In the Nineties: Contemporary Mexican Art. Mexican Cultural Institute, New York and Washington.
  • · To the Exterior Any Object, el despacho, Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico City.
  • · Cabins. Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, Mexico City.
1997
  • · First National Fine Arts Salon. Threedimensional Biennal. National Center for the Arts, Mexico City.
  • · Transgressions to the Body. Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, Mexico City.
  • · Arco 97 Art Fair. Gallery of Contemporary Art, Madrid.
1996
  • · A Place Far Away from Here. Expoarte Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.
1995
  • · Charité. Former Women’s Hospital, Berlin.
1994
  • · Piece of the Month. Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, Mexico City.
1993
  • · Seminal. Art Expo Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.
  • · Temístocles 44 II. Temístocles 44, Mexico City.
1992
  • · Long Live Life, Ten Latin American Artists. BIS, Mönchengladbach.
1991
  • · Héctor Velázquez. Kunstitut Gallery, Stuttgart.
1989
  • · Annual Student Show. Brockhausgebaude, Stuttgart